The value of herbs in our culture is highly underrated. It is our intent to not only grow all the “staples” we have come to love and rely on, but to grow the long forgotten herbs cultures and people relied on for generations that have lost popularity. Our herbs have some dedicated areas on the property, but we also believe that they make the perfect “edge plant" and use them liberally. We also love to have them available for the health benefits of our foraging animals. Herbs will be available both fresh and dried, dependent on the season.
All nutrient dense foods are medicine in our opinion, but these plants are the ones used for teas, tinctures, wraps, steams, salves, etc. Several amazing medicinals grow wild at our property such as St. Johns Wort, plantain, and Oregon Grape. We will also have a dedicated Mandela garden for our extensive medicinal plant offerings. Also available fresh or dried based on the season.
The fact that we in the pacific north west can grow berries so effortlessly is not a thing we should take lightly. It makes us the envy of many people in parts of the world that lack our bountiful rain and dry summers. In the coming years, we hope to have an abundance of all sorts of berries.
The "Food Forest" is a staple of the Permaculture system. In these systems, we mimic the structure of a forest, but with food producing trees and understory. This will include fruiting shrubs, cane berries, fruit trees, nut trees, root crops, nitrogen fixers, ground cover, etc. We hope to grow anything and everything that can stand our wet climate and cold winters. Fruits and nuts will be sold as surplus as the system is gaining maturity and then will also be included as an option in the CSA.